From 19 July fully vaccinated won’t need to self-isolate on return from amber list countries

It has been announced that from 19 July the fully vaccinated (double-jabbed) and under 18s will not need to quarantine on arrival to the UK from amber list countries. A test will need to be taken 3 days before flying back, and one will need to be taken on 2nd day after arrival. To be considered fully vaccinated, a period of 14 days must have passed since the last jab. The only proof of vaccination the government will accept is on the NHS Covid-19 app or certificate.

The overall ban on travel to amber countries will also be lifted, meaning those who are not fully vaccinated could travel but will need to self-isolate for 10 days on return. However, travellers are reminded that other countries may have their own rules for travelling there such as France, who are only allowing fully vaccinated Brits, and Hong Kong has a full ban on all Brits flying there.
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From 16 August, the fully vaccinated and under 18s won’t need to self-isolate if informed that they have been in contact with a positive COVID case. Under 18s are exempt so as not to disrupt their education. The government is hoping to have double jabbed more people by August. Anyone double jabbed just before or after 16 August, must wait two weeks before they won’t need to self-isolate if notified, so the vaccine has time to build protection in the immune system. Testing twice a week with a rapid lateral test will still be advised even for the fully vaccinated.
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